The End of the Beginning: Joshua and Judges
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The End of the Beginning: Joshua and Judges  -     By: Johanna W.H. van Wijk-Bos

The End of the Beginning: Joshua and Judges

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2019 / Paperback

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The End of the Beginning presents a chapter-by-chapter interpretation of Joshua and Judges, based on the author’s translation. Johanna van Wijk-Bos accompanies the reader through the story of Israel from the entry into Canaan up to the time of Samuel. van Wijk-Bos weaves together the memories of ancient Israel’s past into a story that speaks to the traumatic context of postexilic Judah. 

The books of Joshua and Judges were written for education, edification, and entertainment. Some of the stories may exhilarate us, some may appall; all will speak to the imagination if we let them. They show a people forging a path forward into an uncertain future in the hope that God will forgive past failures and begin again with them. Christians enter the stories of Israel’s past as outsiders, while at the same time claiming a bond with the same God. We expect more from the text than lessons of the past intended for a different people. These are not our stories, but we too hope for insight and a guiding word in our uncertain future. 

This is the first volume of A People and a Land, a multi-volume work on the historical books of Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings.

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Title: The End of the Beginning: Joshua and Judges
By: Johanna W.H. van Wijk-Bos
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2019
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
Weight: 15 ounces
ISBN: 080286838X
ISBN-13: 9780802868381
Stock No: WW868381

Author Bio


Johanna W. H. van Wijk-Bos taught as Professor of Old Testament at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary from 1977-2017. She serves the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) as ordained pastor and is deeply engaged with issues of equity in terms of gender and race. A prolific author, her other books include Making Wise the Simple: the Torah in Christian Faith and Practice and Reading Samuel: A Literary and Theological Commentary.

Editorial Reviews

"The author’s own life experience, scholarly interests, and expertise inform this sensitive and beautifully articulated study of Joshua-Judges. The translations are felicitous and convey the cadences of the Biblical Hebrew. Erudite and accessible, this new commentary/translation not only explores the texts’ meanings and messages within their ancient sociohistorical contexts, but also examines the challenges that the corpus presents to contemporary readers. I particularly appreciate the author’s attention to a range of issues in biblical ethics, especially those pertaining to gender and political justice."
— Susan Niditch, Amherst College

"Van Wijk-Bos bases The End of the Beginning on her commitment to the value of ancient Israel’s rendering of its identity through narrative, to the ongoing witness of Jews and Christians to the God of Israel, and to the struggles for a just and compassionate social order. Her translation of the Hebrew text into ’short lines’ is a real aid for the modern reader. I am glad to recommend it."
— J. Andrew Dearman, Fuller Seminary

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